20 Things You Know If You Are The Child Of A Teacher

Being the child of a teacher means class was always in session

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For those of us who were raised by teachers, class was always in session. We were taught to follow rules, sit properly in our chair and not piss off the teacher. My mom, a public school teacher, would stay up all night making sure my science project had those unique and creative touches that the kid of the marketing executive doesn't have the inside information to know. Modern society may call that helicopter parenting; I call it growing up with a teacher as your parent.

Here are 20 things you know if you were raised by a teacher

  1. Your projects are A++. In 3rd grade, my homework assigned was “Write a journal entry from Civil War times,” I showed up at school with my entry on homemade antique-looking paper. Didn’t everyone spend their evenings transforming simple homework assignments into hour-long art projects? DIY by my mom...check out how to do it here.  
  2. You will win contests you didn't even know you entered. Back in the day, teachers didn’t tell you which assignments could be entered into contests, but I have a suspicion that my mom knew which ones were eligible, because certain assignments were given more tender loving care than others. Science Fair contest winner, check. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest winner, check. Contests that I had never heard of before, check.
  3. Letters, number and colors are for babies. Literally, you better learn that stuff by age 2 so you can move on to learning kindergarten material before preschool.
  1. “Setting up classroom” is an appropriate skill to add to your resume. Instead of hiring a babysitter at the end of August, my mom would take me to school with her to help set up her classroom. In her kindergarten classroom, I would help organize the seating arrangements, decorate the door and help set up the class library.
  1. Playing hooky is also not an option...in the rain or snow or with a 103 fever.
  2. Teacher gossip is as juicy as The Real Housewives. Except when it gets creepy and makes the evening news.
  3. Lunch time is always 10:45am, even on the weekends. I won’t even tell you what time breakfast was served.
  4. Packing lunch the night before is mandatory.
  5. Your entire garage is filled with school supplies.
  6. Grading is: The.Most.Important.Thing.Ever.
  7. The school day does not end when the kids leave.
  8.  Do not make any comments about teacher’s having summers off unless you want to unleash the beast.
  9. You know exactly what a pointy finger waving in your face means. Teachers know the art of the disappointed, scary look because they don’t have the time or energy to yell every time a student acts out. My mother used the same look at home. The look meant, You are doing something annoying, ridiculous or irresponsible. Stop immediately.
  10. You know what happens when your parents starts using their “teacher voice.”
  11. Misbehaving is not an option since your parents is friends with all your teachers. You don’t get sent home with a note from your teacher, and you don’t have time to come up with an excuse for why you passed that note to your friend during a 45-minute lecture on the Great Depression. Nope, your parent gets stopped in the hallway for a full report right after class ends.
  1. You cannot ever not do your homework because your parent still does homework.
  2.  Your parent doesn’t bother with your parent-teacher conferences.
  3. You may play doctor or house, but playing school might send your parent to a psych ward.
  4. By the end of the day, your parent is really sick of seeing and hearing children's voices...and you aren’t an exception.
  5. When someone asks you what you want to be when you grow up, you are not allowed to  My mom was always stressed by the students, the parents, the administration, the extra work, the long hours and the low pay. She instilled in us that if we were going to be stressed and under-appreciated, we should at least find a stressful career that pays more.

Being a teacher is not so different than being a parent. Both require patience, patience and more patience. Both also require love, understanding and commitment. Teaching is not an easy or luxurious career. Teachers help raise our children and do it without asking for anything in return. To all the teachers out there, thank you for being you and for caring for our most prized possessions each and every day.

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